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Meeting 20 Feb.: Sepulveda Basin Master Plan Community Workshop

February 9, 2010

When: Saturday, 20 February, 2010, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, Ca. 91406

I encourage all of you who are not involved with the Audubon Southern California Coordinating Committee meeting on Saturday (Feb. 20) to attend this community workshop on the updating of the Sepulveda Basin Master Plan.  This is part of updating the master land use plan of the entire Sepulveda Basin for the first time in over 30 years and will be important in shaping changes to the Basin.

You may want to express support for some of the ideas that I and other members of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee are promoting or have other suggestions.  Here is a rough description of what I hope the new Master Plan will include:

1. The former corn maize field immediately east of Woodley Avenue and between Woodley Park and the Wildlife Reserve should become part of the Wildlife Reserve, as an enhancement and link to both Woodley Section 2 and the Wildlife Reserve.

2. The east bank of Haskell Creek and adjoining field along the stretch from the Reserve access road (“Wildlife Way”) to Victory Blvd. should be restored as riparian habitat.

3. The area north of the Reserve parking to the archery range and dam wall, which is currently but unclearly defined as Wildlife Reserve, should be protected and improved as part of the Wildlife Reserve.

4. All water courses within Sepulveda Basin, including those now treated as drainage channels, should be managed as riparian corridors, including Hayvenhurst, Woodley and Encino Channels/Creeks.

As meetings take place, these goals will be refined and improved.

I hope you will attend and actively participate in the meeting, including writing your own comments on what you want to keep as is and what changes you hope to see.

Muriel Kotin

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